From the December 1949 magazine.

The Arena

J.O. and H.S.--the last round

THE writer of "A Little Bit Nettled" says: "Anyway, I felt free to try (the running broad jump from Step 1 to 12) because I believe Bill meant what he said in 'Medicine Looks at AA': 'Most strongly we point out that adherence to these principles is not a condition of AA membership. . .based upon our experience the whole Program is a suggestion only.'"

Certainly Bill has emphatically pointed out that adherence to these principles is not a condition of AA membership, because he also said in that talk: "Any alcoholic who admits he has a problem is an AA member regardless of how much he disagrees with the Program."

-- W.J.R.

East Orange, New Jersey

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